Updated College Football Championship Odds – December 5th

Posted by Rogelio Aguas on December 5, 2017 in

And then…there were four. After the conference championship games sorted themselves out last weekend, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama have emerged as the four semifinalists for the 2018 national championship. Clemson has the top seed after winning the ACC championship and knocking off multiple Top-25 teams. Oklahoma only took one loss and beat TCU twice en route to a Big 12 title, and they are seeded second. The third seed goes to Georgia, champions of the SEC, and the fourth seed went to Alabama, who leapfrogged over Ohio State to take the last slot. Ohio State’s 31-point loss at Iowa was the factor that kept them out despite winning the Big Ten Championship. As you plan your college football betting, take a look at the latest odds to win the 2018 College Football Championship.

Updated College Football Championship Odds – December 5th

  • Alabama (2/1)
  • Clemson (11/5)
  • Oklahoma (11/4)
  • Georgia (7/2)

They Meet Again

Clemson and Alabama will square off in one semifinal, set for December 31 in the Sugar Bowl. This will be the teams’ third meeting in three years within the College Football Playoff — the last two coming in the national final. Clemson comes into their semifinal with a lot more momentum than Alabama, who saw their hopes at an SEC championship die in the Iron Bowl, as they fell to the Auburn Tigers. They  advanced to the ACC title game and routed Miami, 38-3, to take their division title. Clemson showed an ironclad defense, forcing three turnovers and permitting just three conversions on third down out of 16 chances. Linebacker Kendall Joseph was a terror for Clemson in that game and has been all season, tallying at least 10 solo tackles in three different games.

For Alabama, one question will be how much time Jalen Hurts will have to throw the ball behind an offensive line that has suffered from injuries. Minkah Fitzpatrick will play, and he is the linchpin of the Crimson Tide defense. His ability to disrupt opposing offenses will play a major role against Clemson, particularly given that Alabama will want revenge for that loss in the national championship a year ago. Given how many injuries Alabama has suffered on defense, Clemson should be able to move the ball. But can they stop Hurts?

What About the Other Game?

The other national semifinal will feature Georgia and Oklahoma, who will be meeting for the first time in the history of these two storied programs. Oklahoma brings in the best offense in all of the FBS programs, averaging 583 yards per game. As we saw in Oklahoma’s win over TCU in the Big 12 Championship, Mayfield can find just about any receivers down the field with his arm, stretching the field almost at will. Oklahoma has a bruising running game, but it is that passing game that can cause games to change in the blink of an eye. If Georgia can’t contain the Oklahoma passing game, the Bulldogs could be in for a long night.

The good news for Georgia is that they just finished containing a major passing attack. They limited Jarrett Stidham to 145 yards for Auburn, and Stidham only had a 50 percent completion rate on the night. That paled in comparison to his performance in the Iron Bowl against Alabama. On the season, Georgia has only permitted 158.3 yards per game through the air, ranking #2 in all of the FBS programs. Their offense revolves around Sony Michel and Nick Chubb pounding the ball, and if they can chew some clock, then the Bulldogs have a real shot at winning.

Expert Prediction to win the College Football Championship

I like Clemson to knock off Alabama and Oklahoma to knock off Georgia. That will set off a real showdown between offense and defense, as Clemson has the defensive talent to carry the day against Oklahoma. However, Oklahoma has an offense that may well be better than anything that Clemson has seen this season. Even so, I like Clemson’s offense to outperform Oklahoma’s, and I see the Tigers repeating as national champions.